Further readings for the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED
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In part 2 of our review of the best lenses for the Nikon D3400, we’re looking at the performance of zoom lenses. More versatile than a fixed focal length prime lens, zoom lenses are often preferred by entry-level DSLR shooters, thanks to the convenience of having a range of focal lengths in a single lens. Image quality isn’t quite as good on a zoom compared to a prime, however, with generally lower lens metric scores recorded in our tests, although some zooms come pretty close to primes. The physics of constructing a zoom lens means that very wide maximum apertures such as f/1.4 or f/1.8 are also rare, although some of the best performers in this review boast wide f/1.8 or f/2 maximum apertures.
Following on from our series of selecting the best lenses for the Nikon D800 with its potential for massively detailed images from the 36Mpix sensor, we’ve now turned our attention to that camera’s younger sibling, the 24Mpix D600.
With the vagaries of photographing wildlife, the flexibility of a telephoto zoom would appear to be an attractive solution. However, image quality is often a compromise at the maximum aperture and longest focal length, typically the most crucial settings. We’ve pulled some lens data from our database and put together a round up of popular zoom lenses over the years (and made some comparisons with high performance primes). Read on to find out which models have the best image quality.
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Database/Nikon/AF-Zoom-Nikkor-70-300mm-f-4-5.6D-ED">this page on the website</a></div> I have this lens (i.e. the Nikkor 70-300 FX zoom lens), a Nikon D600 and a Nikon D 7000. Recently I have been trying to take pictures of the moon. You rate this lens higher with the D 600 than with the D 7000, but I have been able to take much more detailed pictures of the moon and its many craters, with the D 7000 at full zoom than with the D 600. In fact the difference is stunning. So please try to help me understand why my images are more detailed with the D 7000 than with the D 600. I think the reason is this: At full zoom, the fx lens zooms to the equivalent of 450 mm on the dx camera. I think this comes about because although there are more pixels on the FX camera, the pixels on the DX camera are crowded into half the amount of space, so the actual density of the dx image is greater, so that the image of the moon includes more pixels from the dx camera, than from the fx. The moon is actually pretty bright so there is enough light to fully utilize the dx pixels. Thank you for your wonderful site.
It is more a problem of focal : on the D7000 you had a 450 mm focal equivalent and on the D600 you only had a 300mm. If you could frame the same moon part with the Nikon D600 this image would be sharper than the one you got with the D7000.
I agree with what you are saying, but the "IF" is huge. All through the zoom range, the D 7000 gets much more effect zoom than the d600, so it gives a clearer image because the greater effective zoom means that more pixels are devoted to any particular portion of the image. So regardless of the comparative clarity ratings, if you are zooming max and then cropping you may get the clearer image from the lens using the d7000 if there is enough light. But you are saying that if you dial back the zoom on the D7000 camera so that the full image is the same as the full image taken by the D600, then the D600 image would be clearer. This is the situation covered by your comparative ratings of the same lens on different cameras. Do I have this right?